Instructors (Kaiwhakaako) work with people in prison to help them gain new skills and qualifications to improve their chances of finding real jobs when they’re released. Instructors teach both in the classroom and on the job, overseeing work and assessing skills in a professional manner.

Kaiwhakaako have the same classification as corrections officers and, as such, complete the same initial training as corrections officers. They also receive training for the teaching aspect of the role to ensure they develop the skills necessary to share their trade knowledge effectively.

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Skills we look for

 We are looking for people who:

  • are good at communicating with a range of people
  • are positive roles models and interested in helping others
  • have personal leadership skills
  • are critical thinkers
  • have high integrity and are able to work well under pressure
  • are team players, dependable and honest
  • are observant, alert and accurate.
What we can offer
  • Rostered rotating shifts including nights, weekends & public holidays
  • Starting salary $62,014 to $77,341 before progressing into senior roles
  • Initial learning pathway – One week Ara Tika, then 10 weeks Corrections Officer Development Pathway (which may require some time away in Upper Hutt)
  • Four weeks' holiday annually
  • Career progression and development opportunities to principal officer roles ($81,175 - $88,397)
What you need
  • A significant trade based employment history
  • Some experience sharing their skills with others or mentoring
  • Full New Zealand Driver Licence
  • Declare any conflicts of interest and previous convictions.  Exempt from Clean Slate and all conviction history is released
  • Ability to pass a drug test
  • Medically fit for employment and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You would be required to complete a Medical Assessment, and pass a Physical Readiness Assessment.

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